What the heck Raleigh are you talking about??? My girlfriend bout an M-400 that had all STX-RC and LX V-brakes for 600 bucks that kicked the ass in terms of eq set up for any thing else in it’s range. Raleigh is not a department store bike and I have no clue where you got that idea. Yeah Huffy and Murray suck but don’t try to stick Raleigh in there when you have no clue what you are talking about. And I ride a Fisher so no I am not partial to Raleigh I just have no clue where you are coming from.
She loves the bike btw and I researched it for her and nothing else even came close. Alum frame too. well there was a few postings a while ago about the different raleighs. but Im afraid ‘the terminator’ is right (well kinda) .over here we also have these really crappy department store bikes called raleighs. But then theres a different (well they must be) raleigh that makes pretty decent bikes (like the one you bought).
The authorities then ignored cyclists and they were tolerated in the forest. When MOUNTAIN BIKING became popular in the 90′s we saw an orchestrated campaign in the local papers full of all the non-scientific opinion which led to the banning of MOUNTAIN BIKES from all but gravel tracks. Due to the politics of the management of the forest MOUNTAIN BIKES are still a target for ill informed ranting and we are still under threat of losing access. The Forestry Commission experts will privately confirm that they do not consider cyclists a threat to the majority of the forest, there are some sandy areas where erosion is a problem, but they cannot be publicly vocal due to the forest politics.